Packaging Irritations - Induction Sealing?

I was searching around for a blog topic this morning and came across an article on PackWorld.com that discusses packaging irritations. We've all had them - whether it be the clam shell that won't open or an overly aggressive induction seal.

The author, Fritz Yambrach from San Jose State University, approaches the topic creatively by identifying a variety of packaging irritations and follows up with a description defining whether the irritation is a design or execution issue.

Unfortunately, we see execution issues with over-sealed packages more often than we'd like. As a result we've made a big push to educate packagers around the world how to achieve a perfect seal.

Customer experiences with induction sealed packages can be very positive! Here are a couple things I'd challenge you to do to ensure your customers' experience in opening your induction sealed package is the best it can be.

Understand Seal Characteristics - Peelablity
Heat induction seals are manufactured to either bond to the package - a weld bond liner - OR peel away with little to no residue on the land of the container - a peelable liner.

Make sure you know which one you want and which one you are being supplied. Setup your quality control checks accordingly. If you're buying a peelable liner and it takes a monstrous amount of effort to remove the seal chances are you need to look at your system setup.

Ensure Proper System Setup - Operating Window
Have you established your sealing window? That is the minimum setpoint where you begin to get a seal AND the maximum setpoint before the seal begins to show signs of scorching or wrinkling.

It's important that you establish this sealing window, record the data & review it each time you are setting up your induction cap sealing system. This concept was at the heart of our Achieve a Perfect Seal webinar. The webinar covers a wide array of topics including step by  step instructions on how to find your operating window.

Our new Super Seal Touch & Super Seal Max induction cap sealing machines take this a step further. They have built in recipe functionality that allows you to store your settings and quickly access them when changing over your line. The systems also feature operator lockout/password protection that allows you to ensure the power level you've set is not changed to make the seal 'a little stronger.'

Having problems getting a good seal? Questions about how to best setup your sealer? Setup a time to visit with an Enercon application expert today!

Posted: 11/20/2013 12:09:10 PM by Ryan Schuelke | with 0 comments


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